As promised, here is the second part of our James Brown tribute post. I read the autobiography of JB-trombonist Fred Wesley (who, with Maceo Parker comprised the best horn section in recorded music — no hyperbole) a while back, and while Wesley talks a lot about “Mr. Brown” (as he referred to him throughout the book), one passage stuck out especially. Wesley writes something like the following (not an exact quote by any means): James Brown was not a fantastic singer; he was not a virtuoso musician. But he had the energy and showmanship to be a success and the genius to invent a new style of music and to inspire musicians across the world.
He was famous for a lot of things, most of all being the Hardest Working Man In Show Business, but also putting the emphasis “On the One,” using horns for punctuation, and of course the scream, etc etc etc. The list goes on and on. There was the darker side of the man too, but we’ll leave that to the biographers and the inevitable studio bio-pic to address. For now, let’s just enjoy the music:
James Brown – Shoot Your Shot (Buy It) James Brown – Funky President (People It’s Bad) (Buy It) James Brown – I Got The Feelin’ James Brown – Super Bad (Pts. 1 and 2) (Buy It)
Other funky JB tributes to check out:
posted by Adam